Steps to Protect Your Home From Termites
- Eliminate standing water and leaking pipes. This includes checking to make sure that you don't have leaks inside of walls, around your attic vents, and around your home's plumbing. Each leak is an invitation to a termite colony. Eliminating these sources of moisture will help to eliminate a favorable environment for termites.
- Keep drainage areas, gutters, downspouts, and shallow ditches clean and clear of debris that will prevent water from flowing away from your home easily. Try and prevent water from pooling around the base of your home or splashing back up on your home from downspouts. This can lead to wet or rotting exterior wood. Ensure that all water drains AWAY from your foundation.
- When planting shrubbery leave at least 2-4 feet. This will allow the mature plant to be 1ft from the foundation wall. The plant can then be pruned to keep it at a specific distance from the home. Any less than 3-4 ft provides cover for termites that are looking to invade your home. These shrubs planted close to your home also retain moisture in the roots and the soil around them thus providing a desired environment for termites. Many times your shrubbery must hide visible signs of termite infestation--mud tubes. If you can't see the mud tubes because of being obscured by shrubbery you may be allowing the termites and significant advantage.
- A lot of homes in the Mobile Alabama area like to plant low growing plants commonly referred to as ground cover. While many other homes use a variety of mulches (pine bark, plastic covers, landscaping fabric, and pine straw). All of this is like providing a freeway for termites into your home. Ensure that you don't allow the ground cover plants to become overgrown and that you replace and maintain the mulch that you use on a regular basis.
- If your home has a sprinkler system it is a good idea to make sure that it is not spraying water toward your home's foundation or on the walls of your home. Ensure that all sprinklers are spraying away from your home and that the water being sprayed it set to an amount that it is adequately absorbed into the ground and not causing standing water or excessively moist ground.
- Keep all stored firewood or lumber of any type away from the foundation of your home. Don’t cover foundation or any wood surfaces completely with vegetation, soil, or mulch; Examples being; trim, siding, window frames on basement windows.
- Maintain gutters.
- Reduce moisture in crawl spaces.
- Keep repairs up to date concerning leaks in the roof, flashings, pipes, and plumbing fixtures.